Classroom Champions: Rosebud-Lott's Keauna Whitfield

"If you ever blow out a knee, you can't take away from what's up here."

It's that kind of mantra that lets you know that Rosebud-Lott honor student Keauna Whitfield has her head on straight. But she HASN'T blown out a knee and is still excelling in basketball, volleyball, cross country and track, much to the delight of her coaches.

"For her to not just specify that she's just a basketball player only and playing other sports, it helps our entire program," said Athletic Coordinator Amanda Spencer.

She's certainly made her mark at Rosebud-Lott, finishing as state runner-up in cross country three times, leading the Lady Cougars' basketball team to the state quarterfinals last season, and taking home two relay gold medals at the 2014 state track meet.

"It feels really good," said Whitfield. "It feels good that I could leave something behind."

And even though she's got plenty on her plate, she still has time to make a good impression on her teachers and coaches.

"She's enthusiastic, always has a smile, which again, I don't know how she does it when she's been up all night beating people on the basketball court," said Audra Mock, one of Keauna's teachers.

Spencer has taken notice as well.

"Keauna is one that you know is going to be here every day, you know she's going to show up, sick or not, she's going to show up and give you 100% no matter what."

Keauna plans to continue her basketball career at the next level, and is already receiving offers to play collegiately. When she's in school, she plans to major in Kinesiology, and after she's done, the point guard has dreams of playing in the WNBA. And she's got a simple but effective plan of how to do it.

"You have to work hard each and every day, you have to be dedicated."